Dr. John Tibbits has been President and Chief Executive Officer of Conestoga Institute of Technology and Advanced Learning since 1987. In that time Conestoga has moved forward into a leadership position in the Ontario college system.
Dr. Tibbits holds a Bachelor of Science degree and a Diploma in Education from McGill University, a Master of Education degree and a Certificate of Advanced Graduate Study from the University of Vermont and a Doctorate in Education from Boston University. He has held senior administrative positions at Dawson College in Montreal, Touche Ross & Partners in Ottawa and Canada Post Corporation in Ottawa.
Currently he is a member of the Board of Canada’s Technology Triangle (Honourary Board), Polytechnics Canada and the Cambridge Chamber of Commerce. He is also a member of the Kitchener-Waterloo Symphony Chairman’s Advisory Committee. Dr. Tibbits has been Chair of Grand River Hospital Board and a Board member on the Greater Kitchener-Waterloo Chamber of Commerce, Cambridge North Dumfries Hydro, the March of Dimes, Skills Canada (Ontario), Thyssen Krupp Budd Canada, and Communitech.
In 2000 Dr. Tibbits was voted Business Leader of the Year by The Chamber of Commerce of Kitchener and Waterloo. He was also presented with the Impact Award by Communitech, which recognizes the individual who has shown significant commitment, support and dedication to the development of Communitech. In 2009 Dr. Tibbits was inducted into Skills Canada-Ontario’s Klaus Woerner Hall of Fame. In March, 2011 Dr. Tibbits was awarded the Cambridge Chamber of Commerce Lifetime Achievement Award and in November, 2011 Dr. Tibbits was named a Paul Harris Fellow by the Rotary Foundation of Rotary International.
Dr. Tibbits was the recipient of the Queen’s Diamond Jubilee Medal in 2012.